1 - Intro and Ecological Experimentation in Agriculture

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction and Ecological Experimentation in Agriculture Ecology = study of interactions among organisms and their environment • Biotic components = biological components = living organisms • Abiotic components = physical components = energy, water, climate, chemicals, etc. Levels of Organization • Population = group of individuals of same kind (species?) • Community = all populations in area = different kinds of organisms Levels of Organization Ecosystem = Community + Abiotic components Ecosystem Boundary is Arbitrary Ecosystem Environment Many Kinds of Ecosystems • Aquatic • Forest • Agroecosystem • Urban • Etc. Agroecosystem vs. Natural Systems • Defined boundaries • Managed system Many Kinds of Agroecosystems • Cultivated field • Orchard • Conventional ag systems • Complex tropical ag systems • Organic farms • Forests • Grasslands, animal production systems • Home gardens • Greenhouses • Urban lawns • Etc. Levels of Organization Ecosystem Landscape (Local) (Vicinity) Biome Biosphere (Regional) (Earth) Subject of Course is science of biological and physical components of the agroecosystem Emphasis on principles Many different subjects come together in agroecology...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2010 for the course PCB 4683 taught by Professor Williams,j during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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